112Unified Emergency Number

126General Inspection

International Legal Cooperation

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia cooperates with ministries of interior of foreign countries. This cooperation is carried out on the basis of various bilateral instruments, including: agreement, memorandum of understanding, action plan, protocol, and joint statement.

See table of bilateral international agreements systematized by countries and spheres of cooperation




  • Bilateral Agreements

Armenia

  • Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Armenia on cooperation in the fight against theft of vehicles and in ensuring their return.
  • Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Armenia on cooperation in the field of prevention of natural and man-made disasters and elimination of their effects.
  • Treaty between Georgia and the Republic of Armenia on legal assistance in criminal matters.

Austria

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Austrian Federal Government on the exchange and mutual protection of classified information.

Azerbaijan

  • Treaty between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan on legal assistance and legal relations in civil, family and criminal matters.
  • Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of prevention of emergencies and elimination of their effects.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on mutual protection of classified information.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on exchange of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Protocol amending the Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on exchange of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed at Baku on 18 February 1997.

Bulgaria

  • Treaty between the Republic of Georgia and the Republic of Bulgaria on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on exchange and mutual protection of Classified Information.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on cooperation in the fight against crime.
  • Agreement on amending the Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on exchange and mutual protection of classified information.

Czech Republic

  • Agreement between Georgia and the Czech Republic on the exchange and mutual protection of classified information.

Egypt

  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt on cooperation in the fight against crime.

Estonia

  • Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Estonia on exchange and protection of classified information.
  • Protocol amending the agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Estonia on exchange and protection of classified information - signed, not in force.

France

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the French Republic on cooperation in internal security matters - signed; internal legal procedures are fulfilled from Georgian side.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the French Republic on the exchange and mutual protection of classified information.

Greece

  • Agreement between Georgia and the Hellenic Republic on legal assistance in civil and criminal matters.

Hungary

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on co-operation in the prevention and combating of crime - signed, not in force.

Italy

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Italy on cooperation in the fight against crime.


Jordan

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on cooperation in the field of civil defence.

Kazakhstan

  • Treaty between Georgia and the Republic of Kazakhstan on mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the field of prevention of industrial accidents, catastrophes and natural disasters and elimination of their effects.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and related matters, illicit traffic of drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.

Latvia

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Latvia on joint fight against terrorism, illicit drug traffic and organized crime.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Latvia on mutual protection of classified information.

Lithuania

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on Exchange and Mutual Protection of Classified Information.

Luxembourg

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on the exchange and mutual protection of classified information - signed, not in force.

Malta

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Malta on cooperation in the fight against crime.

Poland

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Poland on the co-operation in the fight against organized crime and other types of crime.

Romania

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Romania on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organized crime, illicit traffic of drugs, psychotropic substances, precursors and other serious crimes.
  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Government of Romania on the protection of mutually exchanged military classified information.

Slovak Republic

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Slovak Republic on exchange and mutual protection of classified information.

The Russian Federation

  • Agreement between Georgia and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the field of prevention of emergencies and elimination of their effects.
  • Treaty between the Republic of Georgia and the Russian Federation on legal assistance and legal relations in civil, family and criminal matters - signed; not in force.
  • Memorandum on cooperation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation in the fight against terrorism and other manifestations of extremism.

Turkey

  • Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in the field of security.
  • Treaty between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey on mutual legal assistance in civil, trade and criminal matters.
  • Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey on elimination of antipersonnel mines from their common border with the aim of establishing bilateral regime and averting their usage in future - signed; not in force.
  • Protocol between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey on the implementation of Article 9 (trafficking in human beings) to the "Agreement between the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and other serious crimes".
  • Protocol between the competent authorities of the both contracting parties on the control, registration, and service technology of passengers, luggage, cargo and mail specified by "The Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on the Joint Usage of the Batumi International Airport".
  • Protocol on the procedure to be followed in the case of deportation of passengers, luggage, cargo and mail specified by "The Agreement Between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on the Joint Usage of the Batumi International Airport" by the competent authorities of the both contracting parties or of the third Countries.
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in combating crime.

Turkmenistan

  • Treaty between Georgia and Turkmenistan on mutual legal assistance in civil and criminal matters.

Ukraine

  • Treaty between Georgia and Ukraine on legal assistance and legal relations in civil and criminal matters.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on mutual protection of classified information.
  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on cooperation in the field of prevention of industrial accidents, catastrophes and natural disasters and elimination of their effects.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of State Security, the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Tax Revenue of Georgia and the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales, the Serious Fraud Office, Her Majesty's Customs and Excise, the National Crime Squad and the National Criminal Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the fight against serious crime, organized crime, illicit drug traffic and in like matters of mutual interest.

The United States of America

  • Intentional Memorandum between Georgia and the United States of America on support in strengthening efforts and enhancing cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the United States of America on ensuring program for terrorism suspension.
  • Implementing agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Energy Department of the United States of America on cooperation in prevention of smuggling of nuclear and other radioactive substances.

Uzbekistan

  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on cooperation in the fight against illicit traffic of drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan on cooperation in the fight against crime.
  • Treaty between Georgia and the Republic of Uzbekistan on legal assistance and legal relations in civil and criminal matters.

Agreements on Readmission

Bulgaria

  • Protocol between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on the implementation of the Agreement between Georgia and the European Union on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation - signed, not in force.

Estonia

  • Protocol between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Estonia on the implementation of the Agreement between Georgia and the European Union on the readmission of persons residing without authorization.

Hungary

  • Protocol between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Hungary on the implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and Georgia on the readmission of persons residing without authorization, signed in Brussels on 22 November 2010 - signed, not in force.

Norway

  • Agreement between the government of Georgia and the government of the Kingdom of Norway on the readmission of persons with unauthorized stay.

Switzerland

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Federal Council of Switzerland on readmission of persons with unauthorized stay.

Ukraine

  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on admission and transfer of persons illegally staying in territories of the countries.
  • Protocol between the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior, State Border Service Administration of Ukraine on the implementation of "The Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on admission and transfer of persons illegally staying in territories of the countries".

EU

  • Agreement between Georgia and the European Union on the Readmission of Persons Residing without Authorisation.
  • Agreement between Georgia and the European Union on the Facilitation of the Issuance of Visas.


Bilateral Agreements on Cooperation between the Ministries of Interior

Armenia

  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Armenia in the sphere of combating crime.
  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Police of the Republic of Armenia on cooperation in the fields of implementation of operative-searching activities and exchange of information with regard to crime.

Austria

  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Austria.
  • Agreement on police cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Federal Minister of Interior of the Republic of Austria.

Azerbaijan

  • Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the fields of implementation of operative-searching activities and exchange of information with regard to crime.

Belarus

  • Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic ofBelarus.

Estonia

  • Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Estonia.

Moldova

  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova on cooperation in the fields of implementation of operative-searching activities and exchange of information with regard to crime - signed, not in force.

The Russian Federation

  • Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation.

Ukraine

  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine on cooperation in the fight against crime.

Uzbekistan

  • Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Uzbekistan.





Agreements on Border Cooperation

Armenia

  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the National Security Service at the Government of the Republic of Armenia on Border Cooperation - signed, not in force.

Azerbaijan

  • Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in boundary issues.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the sphere of border control of state boundaries of Georgia-Azerbaijan.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the exchange of information on situations at state boundaries of Georgia-Azerbaijan.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the operative-investigatory activity.

Bulgaria

  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria on cooperation in boundary issues.
  • Protocol between the Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria on cooperation in operative-investigatory activity on the international traffic roads for the protection of state border.
  • Protocol between the Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria on an exchange of Information on situations at international traffic roads and state boundaries of Georgia and Bulgaria.

China

  • Agreement between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China on cooperation in boundary issues.

Estonia

  • Agreement between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Police and Border Guard Board of the Republic of Estonia on border guard cooperation - signed, not in force.

Latvia

  • Agreement on border cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia.

Moldova

  • Agreement on border cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Border Guard Service of the Republic of Moldova.

The Russian Federation

  • Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Government of the Russian Federation on cooperation in boundary issues.
  • Protocol between the Department of State Boundary Defense of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on an exchange of information.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Federal Border Service of the Russian Federation on cooperation and interaction in the operative-investigatory activity.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Russian Federation on the activity of border representatives.

Turkey

  • Border treaty between Georgia and the Republic of Turkey.
  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey on cooperation between the competent services responsible for Black Sea maritime spaces.

Ukraine

  • Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on cooperation in boundary issues.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the State Committee of State Boundary Defense Affairs of Ukraine on an exchange of information on situations at state boundaries and on cooperation in the operative-investigatory activity.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the State Committee of State Boundary Defense Affairs of Ukraine on interaction in the protection of individual, state and other types of property on the Black Sea from criminal abuse and rendering assistance in this sphere.
  • Protocol between the State Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the State Committee of State Boundary Defense Affairs of Ukraine on cooperation in the sphere of border control of international traffic roads.

The United States of America

  • Agreement between the Department of State Boundary Defense of Georgia and the Department of Defense of the United States of America on support to Georgia in elaboration of export control system for prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.








  • Multilateral Agreements

  • Agreement between the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and other serious crimes.

  • Agreement between the Interior Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the Republic of Estonia on safety of traffic.

  • Agreement between the Interior Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Ukraine on cooperation in combating crime committed on vehicles.

  • Agreement between the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan on cooperation in the field of protection and escort of precious and special goods by the Interior Agencies during the transportation on the territory of the third State.

  • Agreement between the Interior Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine and the Republic of Estonia on fire security.

Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)

GUAM - Organization for Democracy and Economic Development

  • Agreement on cooperation among the Governments of GUUAM Participating States in the field of prevention of emergencies and elimination of their effects, signed on July 4, 2003.

CIS

  • Agreement on the movement of citizens of the Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States without visas - in force for Georgia since February 21, 1995.

  • Agreement on Intergovernmental Feldjager Union - in force for Georgia since November 5, 1993. Shall cease to be in force for Georgia from November 22, 2013.

  • Agreement on cooperation in the field of organization and fulfillment of search-rescue maintenance of the flights of civil aviation aerial vehicles - provisional application of this Agreement was terminated by #415 Decree of the President of Georgia of June 11, 2010.

  • Agreement on cooperation in the field of protection of civil aviation from unlawful acts of interference - provisional application of this Agreement was terminated by #414 Decree of the President of Georgia of June 11, 2010.

  • Agreement on cooperation in the field of military personnel training and qualification raising for border troops - application of this Agreement was terminated by #411 Decree of the President of Georgia of June 11, 2010.

Conventions

United Nations

13 Antiterrorism Conventions

1. Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, signed at Tokyo on 14 September 1963 (Tokyo Convention) - in force for Georgia since September 14, 1994;

2. Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft, signed at The Hague on 16 December 1970 ( The Hague Convention) - in force for Georgia since May 20, 1994;

3. Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, concluded at Montreal on 23 September 1971 (Montreal Convention) - in force for Georgia since May 20, 1994;

4. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents, adopted in New York on 14 December 1973 - in force for Georgia since February 18, 2004;

5. International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, adopted in New York on 17 December 1979 - in force for Georgia since February 18, 2004;

6. Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, adopted at Vienna on 3 March 1980 - in force for Georgia since October 7, 2006;

7. Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports Serving International Civil Aviation, supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, signed at Montreal on 24 February 1988 - in force for Georgia since March 17, 1999;

8. Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, done at Rome on 10 March 1988 - in force for Georgia since November 9, 2006;

9. Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf, done at Rome on 10 March 1988 - in force for Georgia since November 9, 2006;

10. Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection, done at Montreal on 1 March 1991 - in force for Georgia since June 24, 2000;

11. International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, adopted in New York on 15 December 1997 - in force for Georgia since February 18, 2004;

12. International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, adopted in New York on 9 December 1999 - in force for Georgia since September 27, 2002;

13. International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, adopted in New York on 13 April 2005 - in force for Georgia since April 23, 2010.

Corruption

Organized Crimes

Human Rights

Drug Crimes

Council of Europe

Terrorism

Corruption

Organized Crimes

Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

Human Rights

Other Issues

  • REGIONAL COOPERATION

Development Of The GUAM Cooperation

GUAM is a regional union of four independent states (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova). The process of creating this union began in 1997.

Despite the efforts of the GUAM member states, organized crime as well as corruption still represents serious problem both on national and international levels. Some of specific forms of the crimes hinder and delay political, economic, social and cultural development of the states, threaten basic freedoms, peace and safety. Ensuring economic prosperity and elimination of poverty as well as state and regional security are top priority which cannot be achieved without perfection of legislation through reforms and its harmonization with international standards. The steps were taken towards this goal but it is a long way to achieve it. This circumstance determines the importance of the GUAM cooperation and the US-GUAM Framework Program.

In 1997 Presidents of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova discussed issues of regional cooperation, European and regional security, and political and economic relations in the course of the joint meeting. It was emphasized by the leaders of the states the importance of cooperation in creating Eurasia Trans-Caucasus transport corridor, which is the basis of development of friendship, good neighborhood and implementation of economic opportunities.

In this context the necessity of strengthening cooperation for creation of the stable and secure Europe, where the key principles are: respect of sovereignty, territorial integrity, inviolability of the state borders, mutual respect, democracy, the law superiority and respect to the human rights.

In 2000, in New York at the 55th session of the UN General Assembly, the New York Memorandum was adopted by the Presidents of the GUAM member states. The main cooperation objective was defined as establishment of inter-field contacts and direct links among relevant agencies of the GUAM member states. The effective functioning of the transport corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia and development of its infrastructure was recognized as major priority.

In 2001, the first Annual Summit of the GUAM took place in Yalta. At this Summit the key steps were taken to strengthen and institutionalize the GUAM. The GUAM Yalta Charter defines main goals and directions of the cooperation of the GUAM member states.

November 2001, Baku hosted the meeting of the representatives of the relevant ministries and agencies from the GUAM member states to discuss issues of safe functioning of the GUAM transport corridors. At this meeting it was mentioned that to achieve that goal it is necessary to strengthen regimes of border guard and customs control and at the same time establish interaction among the national centers of the GUAM.

In 2002, the GUAM Charter, signed by the GUAM Presidents in Yalta designates the principles and guidelines of cooperation for the GUAM member states. One of the crucial points in economic development of the union was signing of the Agreement on Establishment of Free Trade Zone among the GUAM member states.

October 2002, in the course of the second session of the GUAM Working Group on combating terrorism, organized crime and distribution of drugs, the ~GUAM-US Framework Program on Trade and Transportation Facilitation, Customs and Border Guard Control, Combating Terrorism, Organized Crime and Distribution of Drugs~ were signed. The goal of the Program is more active promotion of trade, development of transportation routes and effectiveness of the activities of law enforcement agencies against the organized crime.

December 2002, the GUAM Foreign Ministers Council approved ~GUAM-US Framework Program of Trade and Transport Facilitation, Customs and Border Guard Control, Combating Terrorism, Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking~.

The GUAM-US Framework Program includes:

  • Creation of the GUAM Virtual Law Enforcement Center;
  • Creation of joint information system for exchange of the data related to the counterterrorist activities;
  • Enhancement of cooperation and relationship in the field of border guard and customs control of the GUAM countries.

July 2003, during the Yalta Summit of the GUAM presidents a number of documents were signed which laid foundation for further development of cooperation to ensure effective and safe functioning of the GUAM transport corridor. One of the most important documents was the Memorandum of Understanding among the GUAM Member States on Trade and Transportation Facilitation. This international document is the basis for preparation and implementation of the GUAM Trade and Transportation Facilitation Project (TTEP).

December 2003, two expert groups were established by the GUAM member states and sponsored by the US Government. One of them developed the strategy of the Virtual Law Enforcement Center in Baku and the other was responsible for improvement of Trade and Transport Facilitation Project. The both groups were assisted by the USA and SECI Center advisers. As a result of the joint effort, the concept of the future cooperation of the GUAM was formulated intending to implement Action Plan.

In 2004, the meeting in Istanbul and certain modifications of draft projects encouraged the implementation of the beginning stage of the project. The main project elements are:

- Trade and Transportation Facilitation Project (TTFP) coordinated by Ukraine;

- Virtual Law Enforcement Center (VLEC) and safe (encrypted) information-communication network connected with the Center coordinated by Azerbaijan;

- Establishment of a GUAM Information Office in Ukraine;

- Creation of an Inter-Parliamentary Group with the purpose of legal harmonization.

2005 Chisinau Summit confirmed the importance of the GUAM cooperation and demanded practical implementation of the projects. The US delegation approved the government commitment to further assistance and the foundation of the Euro-Atlantic Advisory Team (EAAT) being agreed within the US-GUAM Framework Program.

It should be mentioned that in 2006 the GUAM Presidents signed the Charter. According to this Charter, the union - GUAM was changed into International Regional Organization - "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM" and became subject of international law. In line with the new Charter, organizational structure of the GUAM is as follows.

On May 18-19, 2007 meeting of branch working groups was held in Baku within the frames of the GUAM next Summit. Special importance of branch cooperation was once more again focused at the meeting and a final version of branch cooperation strategy was agreed; the strategy was later approved by the Heads of the countries.

The part of the strategy concerning the law enforcement block focused on the issues of perfection and harmonization of legislation, elaboration of projects for perfection of cooperation as well as development of analytical spectrum of cooperation.

The strategy also attached the issue of development of cooperation with other regional organizations in the sphere of combat trans-border crimes, in particular: the UN counter terrorist Committee, OSCE, Interpol, Europol, SECI and etc.

Within the frames of the third summit of the GUAM, which was held on July 1, 2008 in Batumi, the Board of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the GUAM adopted projects for the GUAM-USA international technical assistance concerning the issues of drug distribution, human trafficking and illegal migration as well as the GUAM interstate informational analytical systems modernization. Chairmanship of the GUAM from Azerbaijan party was delivered to Georgia for one year at the plenary session of the summit. It should be mentioned that on the 11-th meeting of the working groups in charge for combat terrorism, organized crimes, illegal distribution of drugs and other dangerous crimes of the GUAM on March 3-4, 2009 in the secretariat of the GUAM Georgia received chairmanship of the working groups above in 2009-2010 from the party of Moldova.

Following documents were agreed, approved and signed at different level meetings held within the frames of the summit: 1. Batumi Summit declaration; 2. Batumi Summit Communiqu; 3. application by the GUAM states heads for development of the GUAM transport corridor; 4. report of chairmanship of Azerbaijan party in the GUAM; 5. program for Georgian chairmanship in the GUAM; 6. joint applications of meetings duly held among the GUAM and partner countries (the USA, Japan, Poland, Czech); 7. Memorandum of Understanding between the GUAM and Vehicle Transport International Union; also several decisions concerning functioning of the GUAM and its development.

Meeting of branch working groups on the issues of cooperation in the sphere of security and police power in the region was also held within the frames of the summit. The meeting was participated by the Ministers and the heads of Internal Affairs, Security, Emergency Situations, Prosecutors' General, Border and Custom agencies. The meeting discussed the issue of branch cooperation strategy and mentioned that attempts by law enforcement and other competitive agencies should be concentrated for maintenance of security of transport corridor of the GUAM.


Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)

On 25 June 1992, the Heads of State and Government of eleven countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine signed in Istanbul the Summit Declaration and the Bosporus Statement giving birth to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia closely cooperates with the respective law-enforcement agencies of the BSEC Member States within the frames of the Agreement among the Governments of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Participating States on cooperation in combating crime, in particular in its organized forms, signed on October 2, 1998 and its Additional Protocols. The requests on cooperation introduced to the Ministry from the law-enforcement agencies of other BSEC Member States are dealt with, responded and implemented in accordance with the abovementioned agreement and its protocols and in compliance with the Georgian legislation.

There is also functioning a network of liaison officers established by the Additional Protocol signed on March 15, 2002, which facilitates the communication of requests on cooperation and relevant information between the law-enforcement agencies of the BSEC Member States. Therefore, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia actively uses the mentioned communication means to receive and send requests on cooperation and the relevant information in order to facilitate their implementation in a reasonable time.

BSEC Agreements: http://police.ge/index.php?m=414&lng=eng

http://www.bsec-organization.org/Pages/homepage.aspx

Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC)

The objective of SELEC, within the framework of cooperation among Competent Authorities, is to provide support for Member States and enhance coordination in preventing and combating crime, including serious and organized crime, where such crime involves or appears to involve an element of trans-border activity.

Member states are: Republic of Albania, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Hungary, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Slovenia and Republic of Turkey.

Currently Georgia holds an observer state status within SELEC, which gives it a possibility to attend various meetings, seminars and trainings organized by SELEC.

http://www.secicenter.org/

Cooperation with EUROPOL

Cooperation with European institutions and especially with the Law Enforcement Agency of EU (EUROPOL) is one of the top priorities of international relations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. There are two basic forms of cooperation with EUROPOL: strategic and operational cooperation. At present, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia conducts negotiations with EUROPOL for conclusion of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, which will be concluded in nearest future.

For detailed information, visit the official web-site of EUROPOL:

https://www.europol.europa.eu/

Council of Europe (CoE)

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia takes concrete measures in terms of conformity with the European standards. The Ministry actively cooperates with the Council of Europe. Georgia became a member of the Council of Europe in 1999.

The fundamental principles of the Council of Europe are as follows: Protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Main structure of the organization is as follows:

Major committees on the monitoring of human rights, set up on the basis of the Conventions adopted by the Council of Europe, are as follows:

Cooperation between the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and CoE

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia takes part in the following committees and sub-committees of the Council of Europe:

Principal treaties in the field of protection of human rights are as follows:

Useful Links:

http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/default_en.asp

http://www.coe.int/t/dgap/tbilisi/default_ge.asp

  • BILATERAL COOPERATION

One of the Ministry’s main objectives in the field of international cooperation is establishing bilateral relations for cooperation, and development and deepening of existing cooperation. Cooperation is carried out through signed bilateral agreements, preparation and implementation of cooperation programs, initiation and signing of new agreements according to the Ministry’s competence, organizing working groups in bilateral framework and implementation of action plans prepared by these working groups.